ADA Presidents Album
Doctor Lyons, of Richmond, Virginia, became the ninety-third president of the Association at the 1956 meeting in Atlantic City. In his presidential address, Doctor Lyons said: "...the monopoly for dental care was granted to our profession by the people...The basic responsibility which we assume under our franchise is that of providing ways and means ultimately for our entire population to receive the benefits of dental care." Doctor Lyons, a periodontist, served as speaker of the House of Delegates from 1952 to 1955. He was a member of the Council on Dental Therapeutics from 1935 to 1952 and later was a member of the Council on Dental Education. Doctor Lyons served as president of the Virginia State Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology. He became dean of the School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia, in 1951, having previously served as professor and head of the department of oral pathology, diagnosis and therapeutics, and periodontia. For many years Doctor Lyons served as a consultant and member of advisory committees to several federal health agencies. He was born in Virginia in 1900.
American Dental Association, "ADA President 1956-1957: Harry Lyons" (1977). ADA Presidents. 67.